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Patently Better - The Rights and Wrongs of Patent Protection Drug Discovery Technology

Whether to secure development funding, protect product licence fees or simply to stop third parties profiting from the fruits of their research, the patent is an essential business tool for firms in the biopharmaceutical field. This article looks at the essential role that patents play, and explores some important recent changes affecting the availability of patent protection.

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Gareth Williams is a Patent Attorney and European Trade Mark Attorney at Marks and Clerk. Gareth obtained an honours degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, where he remained to complete a doctorate in Molecular Biology and Genetics researching the Y chromosome, funded as part of the Human Genome Project. He entered the patent profession in 1998 and is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney. He has acted for clients in a variety of fields, but specialises particularly in patent work in the fields of biotechnology, medical devices, business method inventions and mechanical devices. His practice involves the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications worldwide, the handling of opposition and appeal work at the European Patent Office, and advice on infringement matters and general intellectual property strategy.

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